IRAN: TWO EXECUTED FOR ECONOMIC CORRUPTION
November 16, 2018:
According to a statement by Tehran Prosecutor's Office, on 14 November 2018 morning, two prisoners were executed in Tehran. (Sources: Iran Human Rights, 14/11/2018)
The two prisoners were sentenced to death on charges of "corruption on earth" through the formation of a network of corruption disturbing the country's currency through illicit and large-scale smuggling of gold coins.
The prisoners were identified as Vahid Mazloumin and Mohammad Esmaeel Ghasemi.
Vahid Mazloumin, dubbed the "sultan of coins" by media, a trader accused of manipulating the currency market, according to Mizan, the news site of the Iranian judiciary.
Mazloumin was allegedly caught with two tons of gold coins, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA).
The second man was part of Mazloumin's network and had been involved in the sale of gold coins, Mizan reported.
The executions were carried out in the presence of a number of people in Tehran, said the report.
The Tehran Prison Statement did not mention the exact location of the two prisoners' execution.